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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

I Was 17: An Athlete's Story of Being Diagnosed With Heart Disease

ARVD/C Youth Society | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
ARVD/C Youth Society

I had my surgery. They put a metal box in my chest the size of a deck of cards. I was lying in the recovery room, numb. Not upset, not anxious, not thinking about what I was doing that weekend. I was just numb and alone.

Thinking Out of the Box: Defibrillator Surgery Offers New Hope

Chuck Gomez | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Chuck Gomez

A box won't define me anymore. I won't feel like I'm carrying a small "purse" or camera anymore. It will be implanted inside me. The defibrillator will be part of me. I may face new obstacles in my recovery, but with two heart-related operations in six months under my belt, I've become a stronger person -- inside and out.

Heart-Implant Shocks Can Make Sex Frightening, Study Shows

Posted 11.15.2011 | Healthy Living

By Matt McMillen Getting kicked in the chest by a horse -- that's how cardiologist Steven Cook, M.D., describes what it feels like when an impl...